ATV Battery!

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  1. Wrangler

    Wrangler 6 pointer

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    I bought my Honda Rancher in 2000 and its still going strong.I think Ive been thru 3 or 4 batteries in the 20 years.Last one I bought was 3 or 4 years I bought at Walmart.Any recommendations on a battery?
     
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  2. Meatstick

    Meatstick 12 pointer

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    Whatever you've been buying!
    5 years out of an ATV battery is pretty dang good in my experience.
     
  3. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    I've had mine since 2010, and I am on my second battery. I had to jump it after sitting a few months. Guess it is time for a new one as well.
     
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  4. Tankt

    Tankt 12 pointer

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    had mine for 23 yrs...3 batteries
     
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  5. bigbonner

    bigbonner 12 pointer

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    I have a 2002 Honda foreman 450 and sometimes the battery acts up and the first thing I do is check the water in the battery. If water is low add distilled water .
    I have replaced my battery a few time but I have also had to replace the starter brushings .
    You can buy the brushing off of Ebay for like $12
     
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  6. Timholt70

    Timholt70 8 pointer

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    What they said.my o6 Honda foreman is a beast.i just buy the best one auto zone has and I'm good for 3-4 years.
     
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  7. redlickranch

    redlickranch 10 pointer

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    Your doing great. I get my batteries from either Sam's or Costco and replace them about every 3-4 years. I started using a battery tender last year and will see if it helps with battery life.
     
  8. Mt Pokt

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    Same here! 3-4 years is all I get out of them. I think my most recent one came from O'Reilly auto parts.

    I bought a solar panel trickle charger from Tractor Supply 2 years ago and keep it hooked up. So far, so good!

    I have a Polaris Sportsman. No backup kicker so I need to know she's up.
     
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  9. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    I don't know if mine has a crank or not. I always carry one of those jump starters just in case. It's the size of an iphone, and will jump start a vehicle, unless the battery is bad. I've used it several times. One of the handiest gadgets I've every purchased.
     
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  10. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    My Sportsman is a tank but it is hard on batteries. I’ve been getting about 3 years. If you can park where it is warm it makes all the difference in the world as far as battery life. If not, keep the battery tender on it when it’s cold at night or sits a while without being fired up. I park in my garage but it’s not heated. Now as far as crank it, I can’t speak for other models, but a few years ago, I literally dropped big money and had mine overhauled. My rope crank was broke and when I went to pick it up I was I like, “I drop all this money and you can’t even replace the rope crank.” The person checking me out says, “Do you honestly believe that if this big bike broke down in the woods you’d be able to crank start it?” I don’t know as much as a lot of people but they acted like a rope crank on my model was just to make people feel warm and fuzzy. It’s a Polaris 500. Now my dad and brother have some smaller ATVs and that’s all they do is rope crank them.
     
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  11. Meatstick

    Meatstick 12 pointer

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    Big bikes have de-comp levers, that make a rope start a viable option. It saved me 25 years ago on a 500 Arctic Cat when I was about 70 pounds lol.
     
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  12. Interstate ATV. There is no substitute.
     
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  13. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    I need to replace it then. May save me some day. 25 years ago, was yours electronic ignition?
     
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  14. Meatstick

    Meatstick 12 pointer

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    It was my dad's, as I was 8yo, but yessir.
     
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  15. WildmanWilson

    WildmanWilson 12 pointer

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    Had the original in my Yamaha for 8 years. I bought another one from them in hopes it last that long.
     
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